How To Win At Blogmas In 2017! | Updated Version

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When you think Christmas, what do you think? Festive movies? Presents under the tree? Hot chocolate in front of the fire?

If you are a blogger, however, there is only one thing that will be on your mind throughout the entirety of the season…

BLOGMAS!

Oh what a wonderful time of year it is for bloggers. From the first mention of Christmas, we will be in complete panic mode, initially stressing over whether or not to actually join in.

Then, when we have FINALLY decided to do so (its hard to say no), you can be sure that at some point we will be sitting in our rooms frantically writing down ideas to fill the month. I’m pretty sure, if you listen carefully right now, you will hear a blogger SCREAM, either from stress, or due to a eurika moment.

It’s hard to tell the difference, and if I’m honest, it’s probably me, but please don’t despair, because I am here to help!

Here are 4 ways you can survive Blogmas this year!


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Get Festive A Lot Earlier Than Usual

Let’s be honest, I know Blogmas is in December, but if you want to make the most of it, the best time to start preparing is in November, maybe even earlier than that.

This is mainly a tip for me, because I almost forgot this year.

Make It Picture Perfect

To stay on top of your Blogmas game, you need to take photos on the daily (which I haven’t done so much of), or at the very least, make some form of graphic (which I have done).

These images will make your post look so much better, add that extra little charm, as well as split up what you have written, making it more appealing.

Overload Your Notebook With Ideas

Before going into it, I would ensure that you have some ideas already fresh in your mind, and written down, so that when you come to write a post, you have something to go on, as opposed to staring blankly at a screen for an hour.

I am sure some of you bloggers reading know what I am talking about and have experienced this, because I definitely have.

It is not fun!

Have Fun With It!

When you are a blogger, you find yourself in what can only be described as a festive conundrum, to do Blogmas, or to not do it. If you decide yes (which a lot of you have done), it takes a lot of work. Probably 10x more than usual.

For some, it might end up being the most fun you have ever had blogging, but for others, it may make Christmas feel like the complete opposite. Don’t feel forced into  doing it.

If you know it’s not for you, don’t do it. There is no point forcing the fun. because people will be able to tell.

Personally, I love it, and I am sure you will too!


GOOD LUCK to all those doing Blogmas this year and Happy Blogging!

Chloe Lauren x

 

P.S If you are looking for ideas for Blog Post this Blogmas, check out LoveMelissaX now!

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10 Ways To Find Creativity

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Hey Guys,

I have always thought of myself as being a very creative person. My heart has always been invested in anything and everything that fits around being creative. The problem with that is though, there can be times when, even when you really want to, creativity can run dry and let’s be honest, it’s truly annoying when it does.

However, I know I am not alone with this, I feel as though we all know what that is like, especially as fellow creatives, aka the blogging community of the world.

So that lead me down a path of thought, how do you find creativity, even when it seems to have completely gone.

10 Ways To Be More Creative

There you have it, 10 things you can do right this very second to spark creativity, even if you feel there is none to give.

Why not give some of these ago? I know I will. I mean, this post in itself, came to me when I felt I had no ideas at hand to write about. An idea from an idea. Oh the irony and a positive from a negative.

See you all soon!

Chloe Lauren x

Hey! It’s My 2 Year Blog Anniversary!

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Hey Guys,

I recently had a conversation with a friend, about how fast time seemed to be going by, especially recently, and you know what? It really does. The worst part is, we don’t have any control over it at all. We can just hope that we are doing the most we can be doing right now, whilst time is in still in our favor.

It’s crazy to think to think that in about 4 months I will be 20. Goodbye teens. The real world is about to become so much more real for me and at the moment I am still trying to decide how I feel about that.

Scared? YES! Excited? Maybe! Ready? ABSOLUTELY NOT!

The truth behind my sudden madness is, that the other day, the 24th of October, marked 2 years since I began writing on this little blog of mine. In a way, it doesn’t feel right to me. How as it already been 2 years?

But, what an AMAZING 2 years it has been. From the moment I pressed publish on that very first post, to where I am now, it has been quite the journey.

I started as an extremely timid and anxious 17 year old who always felt alone, and have now been molded into the more mature, talkative and outgoing person I am today and I think my blog has really shown that. I just love that even from day one, I have been able to include and involve all of my readers in this journey.

I see it as one of of my greatest achievements and something I have become very fond and proud of. Without this blog, I wouldn’t have come to know some of the most genuine and amazing friends I have ever known, nor would I have had the job I have now. This blog has truly given me such outstanding opportunities that I may never have had.

It’s a true testament that working at something you love, despite having the thought that sometimes you may want to give up, is worth keeping at. I am really glad I did, because I am a better person and so much happier now as a result.

Finally, I just want to say a HUGE thank you to all of you for putting up with me, when I told stupid jokes, when I was late on posts and for all of the times you have shared your stories with me in the comments. I have loved every single moment.

Oh and just to let you all know now, I will be joining with Blogmas again this year, so I have some planning to do, including a competition, so keep a look out for that!

Here is to the next year. See you all then!

Chloe Lauren x

How Reading Can Make You A Better Blogger

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Hey Guys,

I was recently thinking about the importance of reading and the impact it can have on our every day lives, and then that lead me to think about blogging and how reading can make us and our blogs that much better.

When I say reading, I don’t just mean full length, 400 page books, although they are a huge help and something I love very much. What I actually mean by that is, absolutely anything you do want to read, from reading a newspaper, magazine article, or even a blog post, like you are doing now. As long as their are words on a page and you are following it through, you are reading, and thankfully there are many benefits.

So, why is it so important for us bloggers to read? And more importantly, how?

Well…

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Gain New Experiences And Relate To Situations

When writing or researching for a post, it can be useful to understand what you are writing about and helps you to put yourself in someones else’s shoes, giving you more knowledge on a chosen subject. This way, you could also be finding a solution to a problem you never knew you needed.

Can Give You Inspiration

Sometimes it can be difficult coming up with an idea for a blog post, even when you know you really need to write one, and if you do have an idea, it’s not always easy finding the right way to execute the post you want it to.

Makes Your Written Communication So Much Better

Reading can be excellent for helping a blogger improve the way a post is written and portrayed to an audience, especially in terms of the grammar and spelling and the way it is formatted.

If this isn’t done properly, it can put someone reading your blog, off the post within seconds, so it is imperative to get it right from the get go.

Reduces Stress

One of the most important things reading can do for you is, not just as a blogger, but in general, can reduce your stress and let’s be honest, we will all face some form of stress at some point or another. Basically what I am saying is, the more you read, the more you will have a chance to get rid of whatever is on your mind. Even just reading for just 5 minutes at a time could really improve the way you are feeling.


There you have it. A few small and encouraging reasons to get reading, in order to improve your blog and to become a much better blogger.

So grab that cup of tea, relax next to the fire, and get reading. Your blog will definitely thank you for it.

Chloe Lauren x

My First Month As A Digital Marketing Apprentice!

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Hey Guys,

As of yesterday, I have officially made it through my first month as a Digital Marketing Apprentice.

It’s crazy to think about. I’m just sitting here, wondering where the time has gone? It feels like just yesterday I was telling you all about getting the interview and being told I had the job.

In a matter of weeks my life has turned a full 360 degrees, from what felt like endless months of dead ends to landing the job I had been hoping for, in a company where I am able to grow and progress.

So, in honor of this, and because I know some people were interested in finding out, I decided it would be a great idea to share with you how this first month went and what I have been doing in my apprenticeship up to yet.

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The First Day:

I remember the first day, and all of the preparation I did for it, searching across the internet for hours for tips and how other peoples first days went on the same apprenticeship. I even took to Twitter, and messaging people who were currently on apprenticeships for support and reassurance (Thanks for the positivity and thoughts by the way, you all really helped). I felt I really needed it.

However, it turned out I had been overthinking it all too much. I really shouldn’t have worried as much as I did. Everyone was so nice and understanding towards me when it came to any questions I had, and thankfully the marketing team, although only small, are so amazing and extremely helpful, especially the Marketing Executive at our office who I work with the most at the office.

In terms of actual work, my first day mainly consisted of initial training, checking over what project I would mainly be working on, as well as providing some content suggestions. It was absolutely great. I couldn’t stop smiling when I got home, I actually felt as though I had achieved something in only one day.

Awesome Things About The Apprenticeship So Far:

  • I have picked up so many valuable skills already
  • Have faced my fear of answering the phone head on
  • Faced my fear of going being in a city on my own
  • Get to write blog posts for other people and have some scheduled for upload soon
  • Been to several meetings, both in person and to our team in India using Skype
  • Had some of my content ideas used on websites
  • Worked on Social Media, including platforms I have never used before
  • Using Hootsuite to schedule Tweets and Facebook posts
  • Looked into Promotional Ads for Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin

Going To The Apprenticeship Company For the First Time:

The Apprenticeship itself is the Level 3 Digital Marketer, which I am going to be doing through 3aaas, and unlike some Apprenticeship companies where you attend once a week, I will only have to be there once or twice a month.

I was invited to go down to the office the other day for my official enrollment onto the course.

The evening before was quite the nightmare for me, because the idea of going to a big city and being there on my own was terrifying to me, but thanks to support from my parents I was able to get through it.

Again, it wasn’t as bad as I made it out to be.

Whilst there I ended up getting some more information about what I would be doing as well as having to sing a LOT of paperwork and complete a few initial assessments to check where I am right now with my Maths, English and IT, and what might need working on, which thankfully isn’t much. It was very beneficial and even though the assessments dragged a little, I was just glad I pushed myself to go regardless of how I felt.

I’m looking forward to going there again soon!


Anyway, the last few weeks have been absolutely amazing and although there have been a few bad moments where I have felt like I let myself down and made some silly errors, I had to remain positive and keep my head held high, keep going, because hey, we all make mistakes and I am there to learn not to just automatically know it all!

Overall, it has been a great experience so far, the best part being, I am doing what I love, content writing and working with blogs/websites. I am excited to see what is next!

Chloe Lauren x

3 Reasons You Should Be Joining In With Blogger Chats! 

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Hey Guys,

As a blogger its not only important to write, publish and distribute your posts, but also to act and be part of a wider community.

So, what’s one of the best ways to go about doing this?

The simple answer. Blogger chats.

Blogger chats can be a strong tool for any blogger, no matter what it is you write about. It allows you to engage with your audience, build your blogger network and gain some new friends along the way.

They are extremely beneficial and happen more often than you may think and are very easy to join.

Thankfully, Twitter is home to many of these chats, including some of the ones which I get involved with on a weekly basis and maybe ones you could begin to try out in the future. For example: @LbloggersChat, @TeenBloggersGR, @TeacupClub_ and @GRLPOWRCHAT.

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But what are the benefits?

There are many benefits to joining in with Blogger Chats, so here are just a few of the most important ones that will hopefully help you to make the right decision, the next time you see one about to start.

Meet Like-minded Bloggers and Influencers

One of my favourite parts of chatting with other bloggers, is the interaction you get with people who share similar interests and a similar thought process to you. Also, just the fact that it is in real time and you are able to talk to other people around the world who love blogging just as much as you do. It’s amazing!

Also, absolutely everyone involved is in the same position, even those who are seen as being ‘bigger’ in their chosen area of blogging, and one thing I have found, is that every last person on these chats are welcoming and just want to help each other. It’s just so incredibly warming to witness and I assure you, you will never feel out of place.

And who knows? These people could very easily end up becoming your life long friends.

Grow Your Presence Online

One thing you are aiming to do, is get your name out there, to grow your online presence. You want people to know that you are there. By this I don’t mean constantly bombarding people with links to your site at every chance you get, but showing people the person you are and let them get to know the real you, the person behind the blog. This in turn helps people to understand what you are about and hopefully then wanting to follow you across the social media platforms and your blog.

Obviously this isn’t the most important thing, but it really helps, especially if this is something you intend to do professionally, and even if not, your blog is your brand, it’s a part of you and deserves to be known.

Again, please don’t just promote, promote, promote. These chats are very subject focused and yes will have moments where you can promote but just don’t go over the top because it’s annoying and not the idea.

Understand Current Trends More

Being a blogger or someone working in social media, means having to constantly move with the trends, but it’s not always easy to do so.

However, being in one of these chats can help you to at least begin to understand them more and begin to get on board with what people are doing or talking about about at the moment.

To do this, don’t just answer the questions in the chat, but also read and engage with the others answering also. You will be opening yourself up to other opinions and thoughts on a subject which you may have not thought about yourself. This could then lead to you having a spark of what could be an interesting blog post idea.

You never know when genius may happen!


There you go! Three impressive reasons why you should be joining in with blogger chats today.

Go ahead. Join in!

Chloe Lauren x

 

Let’s Make a Difference Together!

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Hey Guys,

I recently received an email from a representative from EventBrite, a company which allows for you to organise, plan and promote events, including that of fundraisers. They asked me to share with you guys about a cause that meant something to me.

It really had me thinking about more than just that. Like, what is actually important to me and what am I doing to help others? Am I really doing enough?

Now, a couple of months ago, I was actually involved in an event through EventBrite, for Hope for Justice, where I walked 10k. They do great works, helping those who are caught up in Human Trafficking and modern day slavery.

It’s one of those things that not everyone thinks about or even knows about for that matter, but the thing is, it is happening more often than it should.

Statistics state that where you live, there is at least one person, maybe more, who are in this situation right now.

Can you believe that? I couldn’t.

But it is true. Very true. So true in fact, that I am shocked that it isn’t spoken about more, when it really should be.

Unfortunately there are so many people going through that we can’t event begin to comprehend?

Just like any other cause, looking into and making yourself more aware of what is going on will help you to have more of an understanding.

But maybe just like me, you can get involved with a fundraiser. Sure, I may have gone through a very long and straining walk which left me fully out of breath (I walked way too fast) but it was worth it.

Just knowing the money was going to a great place and that we were raising awareness for such an important cause was amazing!

The thing is though, if there is something you feel passionate about, you can actually make a real difference. I say this, because we did our fundraiser as part of a group called Pitstop which is part of my church. It started as a little project but it is making a huge difference. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you think you have to offer, you can do something, and you can inspire someone.

So, if you want to get involved with a cause that means something to you, then visit EventBrite. Oh and if you wish to find out more about Hope For Justice just click on the link.

Stay awesome and see you all soon.

Chloe Lauren x

What Causes Do You Care About?

We’re Bringing Autumn Back!

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Hey Guys,

I love Autumn. Don’t you just love Autumn? It’s the greatest of all the seasons. There is so much beauty around to be seen and there is just something so special about the season, that makes everything feel better.

OH HOW I LOVE AUTUMN!

Sure, the weather will be getting a little cooler and the nights a bit darker, but it’s OK. It’s worth it.

You have to love the sound it makes when you walk over fallen leaves or the colours around that are beginning to flourish and show themselves more throughout the next couple of months.

It’s fresh. It’s new. It’s magical. It is what it is!

I am not sure if this is just me, but this season in particular has me thinking a lot, reflecting on things I feel are important and being much closer to my family. There is just a strong sense of togetherness which I absolutely adore.

I understand that people will miss Summer. Most people do. I won’t personally, because I am not the biggest fan of heat, but I do get it though, the attachment people feel. However, at the same time, people should look forward to and appreciate what is to come.

I can just smell that crisp autumn air already. I’m so excited and ready I can’t even begin to explain it.

One thing I get to look forward to this Autumn in particular, is my two year blog anniversary, which is next month. Can you believe it? Two years writing on this blog. It’s insane. I am just glad I am still doing this and that you all still read and show your support for my work. It’s amazing and never ceases to put a smile on my face.

Autumn is just wonderful.

So, go get that fire on, get the wellies out, and prepare the hot chocolates, because Autumn is finally here!

Bring it on!

Stay awesome and see you all soon!

Chloe Lauren x

The Most Important Lesson I Have EVER Learned!

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Hey Guys,

This week was my first week of my Digital Marketing Apprenticeship and I am so thrilled with the progress I have made already. Just five working days and I feel like I have accomplished so much.

I won’t give too much away about it yet because I have plans to do a proper post on that very soon, but for now, I will leave you with the fact that I am completely overjoyed and doing something I actually really enjoy.

That’s what life should be about. Sure you should work hard, but you should do so in an environment that makes you happy and because it is what you really want to do. You should never feel pushed to do something which makes you unhappy, it will only cause distress in the long run.

Being happy should be your main priority!

Anyway, what I wanted to talk to you about was the most IMPORTANT lesson I have learned (apart from what I just mentioned above) which has helped me to reach the point that I am at now.

Do you want to know what it is?

Yeah? Of course you do!

One simple thing you can do, which I have taken on board a lot myself recently, which, although at first may seem difficult to comprehend, actually gives you the best chance to take a positive step forward. I would even go as far as to say it is probably one of the greatest and most beneficial things you can do to begin to get better in yourself.

Drum roll please!

My one important lesson is:

IT’S PERFECTLY OK TO MAKE MISTAKES!

This one thing can totally change your perception of well, just about anything. It doesn’t matter what you do or in what way you incorporate this into your life, it is extremely relevant.

I used to see any mistake I made as being the most disastrous thing in the world.

I used to beat myself up over it, and dwell on the sheer embarrassment it made me feel. It made me feel weak and worthless and I know a lot of you feel that way too currently.

Believe it or not though, I found a positive side!

Without mistakes, how would we possibly learn?

It’s those minor happy accidents that make us see what we can do the next time to improve and to get a different outcome.

The problem is, we see them as much more of a problem than they are. We have to accept that we are human. Mistakes are completely inevitable. We can’t stop them from happening. They will continually happen. All you can do, is keep smiling and know that it’s those moments that make you the person you are, and show just how much strength you actually have.

Look at every Mistake as an opportunity. Another chance to get something right.

Want an example?

My blogging.

This isn’t the first blog I ran. It wasn’t even my second. But each one was a learning experience, something I looked at, and even though at times I wanted to give up, I pushed myself through regardless. Overtime I taught myself all of these little tips and tricks to the point that I have managed to reach over 25,000+ page views, over 1250+ Blog followers and now, being in a job which involves blog writing.

See? A mistake may leave you feeling down, but it’s the way you take it that defines who you are.

To reiterate my point: IT’S PERFECTLY OK TO MAKE MISTAKES!

Chloe Lauren x

My Journey To My Dream Job

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Hey Guys,

How are you all doing today? I am personally doing very well! Not only did I manage to surpass 25,000 page views today (thank you all for that) but I also happened to score the job that I really wanted, one which will lead me in the direction I want to go. Things already seem to be going in the right direction. FINALLY!

I actually tweeted about this straight away, as soon as I had received the good news due to the over excitement that I was feeling. The response and support was absolutely incredible and I cannot thank people enough for that. You all made me smile like a complete mad woman.

One of the responses I received was from one of my good friends and blogger, Regina from Diversion3000. She congratulated me and asked if I would make a post to show how I got my job. So you know what? I am!


For almost a year, I had been searching for job after job, mostly unsuccessfully and for a lot of the time, receiving NOs from the companies I was applying to. There were several companies that had offered me interviews. On week in particular was filled to the brim with them. I was suddenly overwhelmed.

I actually ended up with two offers. The first of which was an apprenticeship that wanted to hire me from the get go, but I didn’t get the best feeling from. I couldn’t take it, it just didn’t feel right. The other was a training company who I did take up the offer with. They were supposed to help me onto the next stage of an Apprenticeship. Let’s just say it didn’t go as planned and I won’t make that mistake again.

Always trust your own judgements.


I was soon back to square one. Not sure of where I stood or what I would do. Nothing seemed to be happening. I felt very demotivated. The more I tried, the more I felt down  about the entire situation.

It had me wondering what my options were and where I was going wrong?

I realised my attitude had something to do with it. The moment I allowed myself to be more positive and open to new opportunities, was the moment things began to turn around. I was getting interviews again, and my prospects were looking better.

You change your attitude, your change your perspective.

I ended up working on a cover letter (With a little help from my Stepdad), and decided to just send it out to a company who are situated just down the road from me. It just felt right and I just wanted to try. I had been trying for so long to get anywhere, that I thought if I didn’t give it a go I would be failing myself. The worst they could say is no.

Not like I hadn’t heard that before!

Within an hour the company got back to me saying that I had an interview the same day at 2.30pm. I was nervous but excited. Ok! I WAS EXTREMELY NERVOUS! I was about to be put on the spot.

Deep breath, Chloe. Deep breath!

I went to the interview, and within just 20 minutes of questioning about me, my blog and what I wanted to achieve, I was told I had got the job and would be starting Monday at 10am.

YES! This is what I had been waiting for. Almost a years work, with all of the ups and downs, and now I had finally gotten where I wanted.

Do you want to know the best part? They weren’t even looking for a Digital Marketing Apprentice, but a Digital Marketing Executive. They said my email was perfectly timed and convinced them to give me a chance.

I’M GOING TO BE A DIGITAL MARKETING APPRENTICE!

I can’t believe it! I actually get to do what I have been trying to do for a while.

Just goes to show, if you want something bad enough, just keep going, and it will happen. Giving up is not an option.

Oh and one more thing, if you had your results from sixth form this week, congratulations, and you did amazing, regardless of your grades.

Stay awesome and I will see you all soon.

Chloe Lauren x